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Saturday, January 28, 2017

Saturday Sermonette - A Look into the Future

Mark the blameless man, and observe the upright; For the future of that man is peace. But the transgressors shall be destroyed together; The future of the wicked shall be cut off. Psalms 37:37-38

Almost everyone is curious about what the future holds for him or her, or for their children.

It's a worry for some. They're uncertain about the future, and what's uncertain or threatening can discombobulate the best of us. The Bible promises good to the perfect people, but I don't know anyone who is totally blameless of anything--do you?

Fortunately for a lot of people, once you hand yourself into God's keeping, God takes care of you. Yes--we still encounter the unexpected (and many times unpleasant) events of life. I don't blame accidents on God. That crack in the sidewalk we tripped over wasn't put there by God to make us stumble. It happened when a tree root grew under the sidewalk and pushed up, or when something heavy dropped on the concrete, or age crumbled the surface. It happens. And then we come along and are looking at a bird singing in the tree and miss seeing the stumbling block.

That's life. It happens.

But God does provide. Food become available when we're hungry. People happen along who know how to help. Empathy comes from friends who've tripped over the same cracks you have.

Hang in there. Help is coming!

Father, You who know our needs before we do, please bring us what we need when it's needed. And always, always, bring us closer to You, our Sustainer, Provider, Comforter, and Counselor. Open our hearts, Lord, to receive Your blessings; and then, dear Lord, open our hearts once again to dispense Your mercy wherever it's needed. For Jesus's sake, Amen.

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